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  1. Comtek's headphone output is set up to play out of phase in stereo headphones – this is their workaround for making their unbalanced headphone amp work for both mono and stereo connectors. Bubblebee likely sums the tip and ring of the headphones as 99.999% of trs jacks are wired in phase (and if stereo, it'll sum mono), and audio 101 tells us that when you sum an in phase signal with an out of phase signal you get nothing. Using a mono adapter is the standard procedure for making stereo wired headphones play in phase with the Comtek mono connector. This is a Comtek issue, use an adapter, or modify either your comteks or headphones/BB ear piece. It isn't Bubblebee's problem they went with the industry standard.
  2. I can't find the official specification but "Smart batteries" are what the Cantar uses, and what companies like Sound Devices and Aaton are using now as the NP1 is phasing out, RRC and Inspired Energy both make chargers that can be dropped into projects – AudioRoot, Remote Audio, and Sound Devices are selling OEM Inspired Energy batteries with their own label. AudioRoot also makes their own with their "neo" batteries, but I haven't figured out their OEM. So you shouldn't ignore this battery, as it is a new "standard" that is quickly replacing the NP1s in sound bag use, the "off the shelf" chargers are easy to add to a charging case if you can supply the 24v DC they need. Anyways my batteries: Smart Batteries AA Batteries Np50 batteries Motorola BT100 General USB plugs to charge devices with built in batteries
  3. I've been using Descript for the podcast productions I've been doing. It uses google's transcription engine and creates a transcript that is directly tied to an audio timeline – so doing a paper edit does a decent job of editing the audio file as well. I would export it to ProTools to clean up the edits and do post processing and mixing, but it saved me a significant amount of time doing the first pass of the edits.
  4. Are you looking for a 'How to do Production Sound' explainer? I get that you're not working (most of us aren't or very slow) but there's a huge difference between live sound and production – including gear, workflow, set etiquette, skillsets, etc – and you may have taken a job you aren't qualified/experienced enough to handle...
  5. If every box had an LCR then he could cut the number of boxes by half – if a button is free add a phase flip option, and if panned center a "side" mode to decode an MS mic
  6. Schoeps killed it with this announcement – I could see myself grabbing one of these with a figure 8 and hyper caps. (Or DPA can make a figure 8 cap!)
  7. Off the top of my head: K-tek showed off their new Stingray bags Bubblebee gave a sneak peak of the sidekick 2 URSA showed off the "Maskie" and a new lav mount Schoeps showed off the CMC1L (CCM sized lemo preamp for colette capsules) Lectrosonics showed the 822 receiver Ambient showed off a new superslot receiver master locket Orca had some new bags I'm sure I missed something, but the live streams are still viewable on Youtube
  8. They aren't available yet – the small will be shipped to dealers in around 2 weeks, but they may only get enough to cover initial pre-orders, with more in November, JuniorX and their Scorpio bag are TBD
  9. I don't have any personal experience, but don't see why it wouldn't work, with the USB over IP drivers it just shows up to the computer as any USB device. Gotham featured this box in a video https://www.gothamsound.com/library/gotham-labs-building-poe-production-audio-recording-rig They used a program called Wave Tool which sends remote commands to the wireless receivers, and since that works, I don't see why the native app wouldn't also work just fine. If you talk to Peter at Gotham, I'm sure he has more experience to share
  10. Gotham sells one https://www.gothamsound.com/product/gigabit-usb-device-server
  11. Sounds cool, but to circle it back to our conversation – do you have NDI support in your multiviewer?
  12. If you have a computer on your cart that can connect to an Ad-Hoc wifi network you could get the Kiloview N2 Wireless NDI device, with the Decimator quad you come in at around $800 for a 4 channel wireless link. Limited, of course, by your wifi range. https://www.adorama.com/kvkvn2.html The Kiloview uses NDI-HX which is a very inefficient h.264 encoding, upside – the stream is only 30Mbps, downside – it isn't compatible with most other NDI devices and therefor you need a computer to decode the signal. There is a new HX2 spec that is out that is similarly low bandwidth but uses a much better system for encoding h.264/265 video into a native NDI stream making it much simpler to decode, the iPad app I mentioned above can decode that stream, I just haven't seen any hardware that uses that spec yet. -- If money was no object I'd certainly go with the Birddog 4 channel box and throw a wireless video system on the HDMI multiview out as a fallback/boom op feed, but at that point you're a Qtake license away from being able to do the video assist's job as well as mix the show.
  13. If you put an internet modem onto the same network the NDI signals are running then the internet is there – but you can't connect to more than 1 wifi network at the same time, and mixing a "Production" Network with NDI and Dante signals with an "Internet" network isn't a good idea
  14. an HD NDI stream is 125mbps, so yes. You could run it over a Wifi N or better connection – but it would need to be rock solid. You'd just be limited by your wifi range. The benefit of using the Ethernet adapter is you can run your NDI streams on the protected network and still use the Wifi to connect to an internet hotspot for internet between takes.
  15. NP-1 Battery dimensions: 7.3" x 2.8" x 1" Smart Battery dimensions: 5.9" x 3.0" x .89" The Smart batteries are wider than the NPs. I know of no warranty protecting hole stretchers – so you'll need to modify the case
  16. I found Tascam's offerings to be annoying to operate and in general didn't trust them. I would recommend a Sound Devices mixpre-3 or a Zoom F6. Those are the entry level devices for our work.
  17. If you're ok changing your cart monitor, and using a quad multiviewer - you can get there even cheaper. Get the birddog multiview Flex – which can take POE and spit out an extra 15w at 12v. https://www.bird-dog.tv/flex-overview/ Get the Decimator DMON-QUAD Multiviewer, with a short power jumper and short hdmi cable you can get 4 SDI inputs into a video stream – you'll need to pick a layout that works for the number of cameras but there are many options with the Decimator https://decimator.com/Products/MultiViewers/DMON-QUAD MultiViewer/DMON-QUAD.html Get a mobile POE Switch for your cart (or just a regular switch if you can provide 12v power at village) Get an iPad and iPad ethernet adapter https://www.apple.com/shop/product/HMJU2ZM/A/belkin-ethernet-power-adapter-with-lightning-connector Run the NDI monitor app on the ipad https://apps.apple.com/us/app/ndi-monitor/id1196221514 You're looking at around $1500 all in for the above gear, if you have a large cart monitor already just get the Flex output box. You may need a computer to set this up, but once configured with static IPs your devices should just find themselves
  18. It isn't an SMA, but a DIN 1.0/2.3 connector. In the connector you linked on ebay, it isn't a crimp for the center pin, but solder as you can see the solder cup in the product images, also why there is a big opening around it. You need to prep your center conductor to exactly reach with just enough jacket removed to fit into the cup
  19. Peter Schneider at Gotham Sound in NY would probably know the exact solution – he's made a handful of videos recently on remote comms.
  20. It's all software – Zaxcom should just release a Block 25 firmware update to set it to the operating range and 20mW output
  21. Sure, sure, not the arrows but the archer – but if you do anything more than an XLR cable once a year, you'll want at least a midrange iron that has variable temperature control, enough power to heat up quickly, and hold that temp so it doesn't get its heat sucked out by the work piece.
  22. 212mm for the 4017b vs. 179mm for the 8060 – that's a big difference. The Pianissimo was designed for the 4017b which is suitably larger than the XL Cosi for the larger mic
  23. 653-657 MHz: 4 MHz (exclusive to licensed operators) 657-663 MHz: 6 MHz (unlicensed and White Space Devices (WSD)) Power output is limited to 20 mW
  24. I think it's time for Larry to write his memoir/technical reference "Tumbleweeds and Transmitters"
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